Attiyah goes ‘flat out’ to win second stage of Dakar Rally

2021-01-05 | Since 2 Week

Nasser Al Attiyah

Wadi ad-Dawasir/ Saudi Arabia, 5 January 2021 - Much to his own statement about the second stage, which Nasser Al Attiyah said “matters most” after a 10th place finish in the opening stage on Sunday, the ace Qatari rally driver bounced back in the second stage of Dakar Rally on Monday with a win.
Attiyah, and his French co-driver Matthieu Baumel, won the second stage ahead of rivals Stephane Peterhansel, and Carlos Sainz, who had claimed the first stage.
The three-time winner of the Dakar Rally zoomed through the 457-kilometre stage from Bisha to Wadi ad-Dawasir in 4hr 03min 14secs to grab victory.
“It was a good day,” said Al Attiyah.
“Yesterday we lost a lot of time because we opened the way and it was not really good for us and we didn’t take risks.
“But today we went flat out and everything is working very, very well. The tyres were amazing and the car too, the pace from start to finish, no mistakes at all... there’s still a long way, but it’s a good start.”
The stage win moves Attiyah to third overall, nine minutes adrift of Frenchman Peterhansel, a 13-time winner of the rally, who leads the overall standings with Spaniard Sainz 6min 37sec behind.
Peterhansel revealed his fear of getting slowed down in the sand dunes. “It was the first dunes, but also the car was full of diesel which meant it was really heavy,” he said. “So, the priority was not to get stuck. After that, I have to say that we navigated well.”
In the motorbike category, Spain’s Joan Barreda took the second stage ahead of title holder Ricky Brabec of the USA, who is also on a Honda.
Brabec has a lot of time to claw back after trailing in almost 20 minutes behind Australian Toby Price in Sunday’s first stage after losing his way in the desert terrain.
Having led from the first time check point, Barreda has dominated stage two to pick up his 25th special stage victory on the Dakar and climb to the top of the general standings, emulating his countryman Marc Coma in fourth position in the all-time ranking of special stage victories in the bike race.
Barreda said he had had no option but “to push with everything – I put it all in today.
“Right now, everything is perfect.
“Sure, tomorrow will be a long day and really hard again, but the race is like this. We need to keep calm and stay in front. For sure, there are still a lot of kilometres to come and we will try to keep riding, that’s all.”
Tuesday’s third stage sees competitors racing a loop around Wadi ad-Dawasir, the gateway to the Empty Quarter, a vast sand desert that covers much of the southern Arabian Peninsula.
The 403km special stage is expected to have lot many sand dunes.Second Stage ResultsFrom Bisha to Wadi ad-Dawasir: Auto
1. 301 (QAT) Nasser Al Attiyah (FRA) Matthieu Baumel Toyota Gazoo Racing 04h 03’ 14” -- --
2. 302 (FRA) Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Edouard Boulanger X-Raid Mini JCW 04h 05’ 49” +02’ 35” --
3. 300 (ESP) Carlos Sainz (ESP) Lucas Cruz X-Raid Mini JCW 04H 12’ 31’’ +09’ 17’’ --
4. 303 (SAU) Yazeed Al Rajhi (DEU) Zitzewitz Overdrive Toyota 04H 13’ 38’’ +00H 10’ 24” --
5. 308 (FRA) Mathieu Serradori (BEL) Fabian Lurquin SRT Racing 04H 13’ 41” +00H 10’ 27” --
6. 305 (FRA) Sebastian Loeb (MCO) Daniel Elena Bahrain Raid Xtreme 04H 20’ 07” +00H 16’ 53” --
7. 339 (ZAF) Brian Baragwanath (ZAF) Taye Perry Century Racing 04H 22’ 35” +00H 19’ 21” 00H 02’ 00”
8. 307 (POL) Jakub Przygonski (DEU) Timo Gottschalk Orlen Team/Ooverdrive 04H 23’ 03” +00H 19’ 49” 00H 02’ 00”
9. 317 (RUS) Vladimir Vasilyev (UKR) Dmitro Tsyro X-Raid Team 04H 23’ 52” +00H 20’ 38” --
10. 306 (NLD) Bernhard Ten Brinke (BEL) Tom Colsoul Overdrve Toyota 04H 24’ 52” +00H 21’ 38” --
1. Joan Barreda Bort (ESP/Honda) 4h 17’56”, 2. Ricky Brabec (USA/Honda) at 3.55”
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL/Rockstar) 6.02”, 4. Ross Branch (BWA/Yamaha) 11.54”, 5. Jose Florimo (CHL/Honda) 12.06”


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